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São Francisco 4 - Atum e caldeirada / Tuna and "Caldeirada"
São Francisco 4 - Atum e caldeirada / Tuna and
São Francisco 4 - Nuvem preta = vento! / Dark cloud = wind!
São Francisco 4 - Nuvem preta = vento! / Dark cloud = wind!
02/12/2013

La Rochelle - Pressure hunting

Yesterday morning we went "hunting" pressure and managed to hook into a nice line of 12-15 knots at around 9am running square just a smidge off the rum line at an average of 7 knots boat speed. It was hard work steering in a very confused sea, the pressure started to drop off at around 4 pm to 10 knots and the main started flogging, again, every time it rolled over a 3 metre swell, which was on the beam and tossing us about like a cork. Not a fun ride being under powered. Our solution to the flogging main was to put 2 reefs in it with pretty much full trim down traveller. Worked like a charm and gave us a little drive as the boat speed had dropped to under 6 knots. Last night was again motor sailing in light winds of 5- 10 knots trying to drive the apparent forward to the beam to create. read more...


02/12/2013

Firefly - Just about half way there

The wind has today come round to the North, so at last we can set a course straight for Antigua.Beating over the last few days has added about 100 miles to our trip, so we are now about halfway to Antigua and those Rum punches.The sun is shining, and we are experiencing the other side of this life!Fresh meat and salad has now all been used up, as well as most of our vegetables.We still have quite a few citrus fruit though, so we should keep scurvy at bay! A fresh grapefruit for breakfast in the middle of the Atlantic is a delight. Also the yoghurt maker is working well so if you don't like grapefruit try muesli with yoghurt. Murray cooked the first mainly tinned meal last night.A tuna and pasta bake, which went down well.We haven't tried fishing, as we are concerned that the line could. read more...


02/12/2013

Annabella - Log 6 - 1st December

Position: 18 50.825N 26 52.723WDistance since last blog: 150NMToday we have flying fish and sunshine which are the first real signs of tropical climate todate. In contrast to yesterday when we had force 7 winds, huge seas and rain. The upside of the F7 is that we had some great sailing and Annabella at one stage achieved 15.4 knots surfing down the back of a wave. That's a record for the boat and probably the highest winds she has experienced. We had two reefs in the main and the genoa was also heavily reefed. We were expecting a line of squalls during last night so kept the reefing, but they didn't really happen. That probably cost us about 20 miles in distance. The Sweden 45 is a great boat for the heavy weather which it can handle with relative ease. Very comforting. We are still. read more...


02/12/2013

Dragonfly - Kaum Wind

Nach dem Abendessen sind alle früh ins Bett gegangen.Ich hatte die erste Wache. Der Wind war gut und auch keine so hohen Wellen mehr. Alle können heute tief und fest schlafen.Anfangs war es noch etwas bewölkt, aber so nach und nach zeigte sich ein grandioser Sternenhimmel.Die Sterne reichen bis zum Horizont hinab. Das gibt es bei uns zu Hause nicht. Einige Male greife ich zum Fernglas, wenn am Horizont wieder ein neues Licht auftaucht. Ist es ein anderer Segler, oder ein Stern?Einen anderen Segler sehen wir, als ich mich gegen 5 Uhr zu Edwin geselle, der zu der Zeit Wache hat. Der Wind ist komplett eingeschlafen und davon bin ich wach geworden. Wir nehmen die Segel rein und starten den Motor. Zwei Stunden später kommt wieder etwas Wind. So geht es heute den ganzen Tag. Segel raus, Segel. read more...


02/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Monday 02.12.13 - 1400hrs

By Chris Haworth & Graham Pike. The last 24 hrs has been spent limping under much reduced sail, whilst planning sail repairs and ‘race strategy’! I think we are effectively ‘out of it’ now having lost 150/200 miles but that competitive spirit will not leave us alone - and we have a plane to catch (amazingly still two weeks away ...yeoooo!). Unfortunately couldn’t effect sail repairs yesterday. Three factors: 1. Need to do them in situ as realistically can’t get main off the boom  2. Still making some headway under reduced Genoa schooner style with storm jib. 3. Continued heavy rain, making the sails too wet to patch,  with very disturbed big sea still running. On the basis the forecast for today was sunny and light breeze we decided to Limp at circa 4kts for. read more...


02/12/2013

Skara Brae - meandering monday in the Atlantic

Our yellowbrick is acting up - we have it on charge at present hopefully it will work again laterMeandering in the Atlantic!we made a decision yesterday to head south where there was no wind - so we could repair our mainsail - which was stuck up the mast on 2nd reef obviously this was not good for 2 reasons1. we cant get it up full when there is light winds2. we cant get it down when there is too much windoh and we cant sail into St Lucia Marina with a sail that is powered as we try to maneuver around a few hundred boats etc.Finally after 2 days of climbing the mast, alan, andrew and scott are bruised tae feck, but main sail is finally fixed - as long as we don't try and push it in heavy winds - as i'm sure the repairs will not hold up to large winds.Not that we need to worry about heavy. read more...


02/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 8 - Angriff der Meeresbewohner

30.11.2013Das Meer beruhigt sich. Wir nehmen 2 Reffs aus dem Groß und rollen dieGenua auch wieder aus. Gegen Abend schläft der Wind dann völlig ein. Inder Nachtwache sind Petra und Andreas entnervt von den schlagenden Segelnund holen sie ein. Ab jetzt laufen wir unter Maschine, Kurs 195 Grad,Richtung Sao Vicente (die zweitwestlichste Insel der Kapverden). Der Ort,den wir ansteuern, heißt Mindelo.Aber noch ist es nicht soweit und auf den letzten 20 sm passiert uns das,wovon auch alle Weltumsegler berichten: fliegende Fische rauschen nachtsüber das Deck. Einer trifft Udo im Gesicht, einer landet unter derSprayhood und zappelt sich von dort in den Salon. Unmöglich, den Fisch zugreifen und so müssen wir warten, bis er das Zeitliche segnet und werfenihn dann wieder über Bord. Überhaupt, das. read more...


Solo - The wind is so weak - dog Bella can navigate the sailing yacht Solo. With a little help of our TCF... best of group...
Solo - The wind is so weak - dog Bella can navigate the sailing yacht Solo. With a little help of our TCF... best of group...
02/12/2013

Free Spirit - 2 December (Richie's log)

2 December (Richie's log) Mum's birthday today! and, to celebrate we caughtanother fish- which we are going to have for lunch with a glass of champagne!Hooray! I know we said it's a 'dry' boat but this is an exception. we did have abit of an isssue as we were reeling the fish in! one of the lines from theparasail which we had taken down one hour previously had fallen in thewater and jammed the propeller, cutting the engine. At the time the fish wasbeing blamed for this mishap from certain quarters. Actually, it hadnothing to do with the fish, it was our mistake for not ensuring that all lineswere secure and tight before starting the engine in the first place. should haveknown better but hopefully we'll learrn from it. Anyway, Alex volunteered todive down and cut the rope free. read more...


02/12/2013

Koala - Day 8: The story so far

Well, we have survived our first week at sea and are finally settling in to life on board. Food is starting to have an appeal again and I have also found the email address to send log entries to. Probably a long one today as there is a bit of catching up to do! Progress has been pretty slow so far, but we are now finally past Cabo Verde, which is good. We have had a bit of everything so far. We had a couple of nights with about 3 knots of wind and 2m swell where we just took the sails down and sat there listening to stuff falling out of lockers rather than putting the rig through a beating as the sails slatted back and forth. It is amazing. I think the boat takes more of a beating in those conditions rather than in a gale. The whole thing quivers and shakes each time the main fills.Two. read more...


02/12/2013

Miciadue - Der perfekte Wind - die perfekte Welle - der perfekte Tag

Wir laufen mit 6 kts unter voller Besegelung auf Kurs 255 Grad bei schönstem Sonnenschein in Badeshorts und T-Shirt (ich hoffe, jetzt werden alle, die das lesen und in D frieren neidisch ;-) ). Die Stimmung an Bord ist wieder entspannt nach den letzten Sturm und Regentagen. Die Miciadue sieht aus wie ein Rattenschiff. Alle Polster, alle Klamotten, alle Handtücher sind an Deck zum Trocknen. Die Spannungsversorgung ist erstmal wieder gesichert. Ob durch das Solarpanel oder die evtl. wieder arbeitende Lichtmaschine werden wir noch rausfinden. Die Bilge bleibt auch trocken. Schöner kann Segeln nicht sein. Im Laufe des morgigen Tages werden die Winde östlich drehen, so dass wir dann langsam in die Passat kommen.. read more...


02/12/2013

Manali - 16 Degrees North - heading in the right direction

It’s always exciting to visit a new restaurant.For weary reviewers, new ventures are like shining beacons on the horizon.  Some disappear overnight, others slowly sink, while the few that weather the swirling fortunes of hospitality stand proudly like cardinals, setting and maintaining standards.16 Degrees North is Jean Pierre Thomas’ latest enterprise after his well-earned break following the success of Australian restaurant Rasputin’s.At first glance, 16 Degrees could almost be mistaken as a pop up restaurant, the infuriating worldwide trend which celebrates fast messy food, delivering to an undiscerning under 30 populace.  The restaurant somehow seemed a little transient last night, as though it was just passing by.  Not surprising given the doors only opened 9 days. read more...


Manali - 16 Degrees North - heading in the right direction
Manali - 16 Degrees North - heading in the right direction
Manali - 16 Degrees North - heading in the right direction
Manali - 16 Degrees North - heading in the right direction
Manali - 16 Degrees North - heading in the right direction
Manali - 16 Degrees North - heading in the right direction
02/12/2013

Defyr - Day Nine: Things are getting better

There is sun, there is full sails, there is light winds 4-6m/s, there is shower, there is full batteries, there is a jubilee meal, there is wine for the non-X, there is drying of clothes, there is e-mail to loved ones, there is G-O-O-D vibrations!!It is so nice to be back in the game and to basic routines of real food and not just snacks and dry clothes and cleaner boat. We, or more honestly Afu has fixed almost everything that went broken during near gail. The only thing that we are not able to fix are two water damaged drawings of my niece Milla that were hung on the wall. Hopefully I will get new ones sent to Saint Lucia with Kirsi. (VIHI, VIHI!)We have now done third of the mileage to Saint Lucia. Only 1765 miles to go!-Kaija "Positive Again". read more...


02/12/2013

Moondancer - Monday 2nd December 14.00

After Saturday mornings high seas we had the joy of the edges of the Tropical storm. We new we were far enough South to escape it but nobody mentioned the associated squalls tracking down towards Verdes.We were very lucky. The first I knew was when I heard Rob shout f..k. thinking it was just he's usual half hour toe stub I carried on regardless then I saw lightning. We reassured ourselves it was flashes from a distance from trop storm but on my watch suddenly the wind dropped , an ugly black mass starting catching us up and lightning appeared either side. Panic ! Dropped the sails motor on, collected wind ,sails back up and away.We now know that many unfortunate boats were caught with 50-70 mph winds,rain, lightning and collected damage. Best wishes to all of them.Sunday morning and. read more...


Defyr - Day Seven: Quite peculiar this "downwind sailing".
Defyr - Day Seven: Quite peculiar this
02/12/2013

Defyr - Day Six, Seven and Eight: Crash, Bang, Bang

These days blend into a period, which felt like FOREVER of heavy rain, strong headwind and things breaking down. WEATHERStarted with "lighter" 10-13m/s headwind with gusts of 15m/s, it continued to go up and was about 15m/s headwind with gusts of 20-22m/s. The rain was quite heavy and felt like it rained the whole time! We did not see the sun or the stars. We saw some thunder and lightning behind us, but gladly that didn't hit us.BOATI think that first thing that stopped working was the septitank meter, then plotter and auto pilot, then one of our reserve GPS. (We have around 10 devices that have GPS, so no worries about not knowing where we are.) One of the 12V inputs burned and the fuse went out. The doorway design of our boat was not great with big waves sweeping on top and it let too. read more...


Free Spirit - One of the nippers donated back to the Atlantic! (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - One of the nippers donated back to the Atlantic! (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - One of our competition entries (taken by Christian) (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - One of our competition entries (taken by Christian) (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Sunset day 1, Mark at helm (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Sunset day 1, Mark at helm (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Talking tactics at the start line (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Talking tactics at the start line (Free Spirit 62)
02/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor update

Hi everyone from a hot and sunny Incisor. Today we are making most of the light winds by relaxing on deck in the sun and sending Derek up the mast to keep an eye out for any nearby competitors! Yesterday we spotted two separate boats within a few miles, one incommunicado and the other a German crew headed for Puerto Rico which Alex chatted to on the radio - sadly no ice creams onboard... It’s been nice to be able to catch up on some sleep and re-charge our batteries for the days ahead. We continue to enjoy top notch meals, shepherd’s pie last night followed by more bacon sandwiches for breakfast this morning.  Derek and Sandra, much to the surprise of the crew were both on the foredeck helping with a spinnaker change last night. They are slightly in shock. read more...


02/12/2013

Free Spirit - Fish are biting!! (but what type?) Free Spirit (62)

Hooray, we've finally hooked a good sized fish, our third on the rally and our first real keeper (although Chris claims the kiddies we caught would have warranted cooking - one wriggled free so he earned his freedom, and the other was donated back to the Atlantic!!). This one was wound in by Mark,dispatched by me with our cockpit manual bilge handle by me, skillfully :) filleted by Mark and Aaron and cooked for dinner in a red-Thai curry, fresh protein went down very well!! Lure was squid-like - we're running low on these now (we're clearly snagging some big ones that got away lol!!), so we're going to have to start fashioning them out of paper-clips and tin-lids, true survival style!Much calmer sailing now, fine and sunny with northerly winds 5 - 7 knots veering around towards what. read more...


Free Spirit - Critical work on a blocked head drainage line pre departure (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Critical work on a blocked head drainage line pre departure (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Fish are biting!! (but what type?) Free Spirit (62)
Free Spirit - Fish are biting!! (but what type?) Free Spirit (62)
02/12/2013

Mustique - Random places you never thought you'd visit

"Come for a cruise south to Cape Verde!" they said. "Discover a little-known island on the west coast of Africa!" they said. No - wait, they didn't say that. We were supposed to be sailing west non-stop across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, not south to the coast of Senegal. So how did we end up enjoying a short break on a sandy island called Saint Vincent? Did we have to make an emergency stop for HP Brown Sauce?! Did Fin's burst toilet pump finally get the better of him?In fact, as is usual in sailing, the fickle wind pushed our hand. Having had a stonkingly good blast of sailing in the wrong direction on Thursday (fun but pointless), we looked at our weather forecast and had 2 choices.Option 1 was to continue west in the right direction but going headlong into a few days of nasty. read more...


02/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 9 - 02.12.2013 - Nach Fahrt Richtung Grönland nun Kurs St.Lucia

Nachdäm mir geschter Namitag di ganz Ziit i Richtig Grönland gfaare sind,also fast 360 Grad gäge Norde, hämmerüs wohl vum Ziil i dä Karibikentfärnt, doch simmer us taktische Gründ schön im Norde blibe und händ äsoimmer guete Wind gha. Sisch herrlich gsi so mit öppä 7 Chnöpf chönne z´sägle. D´Sunne schön vu halb vorne simmer in en wunderbare Sunneuntergangie gfahre. Wie ä kitschigi Kulissä so mit verschide grosse Wolke über ämMeer isch diä glüegi Chugle hinder em Horizont verschwunde. I dä Nacht ischdä Sternehimmel gigantisch gsi. Ez käni s´Sternbild vum Stier, mimTierkreiszeiche. Dä Paul und dä Christof känned sich guet us i dä Sterneund chönd mir einiges erkläre. Ä herrlichi Fahrt dur d´Nacht, verbunde mitvill Gedanke a die Liebe dihei, speziell mini Frau, aber au a Vergangenesund au. read more...


02/12/2013

True Colours - At rest.

Position 16:51.57N 024:56.76W   Arrived Mindelo , Sao Vicente about 00.30 on Sunday 1st, to find whatlooked like a totally full marina with other boats circling and manyanchored.  After abortive attempts to contact the marina anchoredovernight.  Doug’s eagle eyes spotted a large mast opposite, identified asRainbow (J H2), so we should be able to catch up with Oli for some fraternal andpaternal bonding   We then celebrated Toby’s birthday in the proper manner;  James pulledan unrepeatable stunt buy opening a bottle of Cava at the companionwaysteps;  up went the cork, and 10 seconds later it came back down straightthrough the hatch!!   Next morning Andrej showed a stroke of genius by befriending a Brazilianboat anchored next to us;  their Portuguese. read more...


02/12/2013

At Last... - from At Last... again

Forgot to mention that for awhile there we were without generator and engine, but thanks to our fantastic crew all is up and running again!. read more...


02/12/2013

At Last... - Arc 2013

Hoping everyone is out of the bad weather and finally able to relax and enjoy...especially the crew of At Last...We miss you Papa!image.. read more...


At Last... - Arc 2013
At Last... - Arc 2013
02/12/2013

At Last... - news from At Last...

The big storm has now passed. During the storm the conditions were rough with 40knts of wind and big crashing waves. Fortunately the sea has a good sense of humor…one huge wave crashed right onto Gian (who was steering) and hit him in the face with a 20cm SQUID!. read more...


02/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 8: Fine weather at last

Half time   Nous avons passe la moitie de notre traversee ! Il fait tres beau et chaudaujurd`hui, avec un vent qui reste leger de 12 knts, venant du Nord – de ladepression qui nous separe des bateaux de tete qui ont pris une route treshaute. On avance tranquillement a 7 knts, en attendant mieux.   Janusz, Inge tente quelques ameliorations sur les voiles, et on a commencea deployer le code 0 sur le deck pour voir l`etendue des degats.  On recoit les notes de l`ARc sur les infos autour de nous ; un bateau qui aperdu son liferaft dans le grain d`il y a deux jours, et qui doit flotterdeploye quelque part dans l`Atlantique, un bateau francais non ARC, tres au Nordde notre position, qui n`emet plus de signal depuis 3 jours (mais tous lesbateaux de l`ARC sont bardes de. read more...


02/12/2013

Meltemi - 8.Tag - Maximum Chill

Heute können wir nicht viel schreiben - Heute ist Maximum Chill angesagt.Der Regen hat aufgehörtDas Cockpit ist wieder trocken - die nassen Segelanzüge auchWir haben kaum noch DünungDas Schiff steht wieder geradeWir können uns wieder aufrecht bewegen Die Pantry ist wieder sauberWir hatten eine ruhige sternenklare Nacht mit vielen SternschnuppenDie Sonne scheint - der Himmel ist blau Gestern haben wir einen Wal gesehen - ganz nah - nur 10 Meter neben unserem SchiffWir haben schon über 1000 sm zurückgelegt - der Passatwind ist in greifbarer NäheHeute wird blankgezogen- das atlantische Duschwasser mit der pflegenden Prise Meersalz hat komfortable 26,5 GradGleich werden die Badehosen und Bikinis ausgepacktUnd dann gibts nur noch eines: Chill - Chill - Maximum ChillViele Grüße von der. read more...


02/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 8 = Baking bread

The crew suffered a particularly bad night, as the seas were rolly and the boat was pitched about.  (Apart from Sally who slept like a log – again!)  Carol woke this morning with all the symptoms of a hangover – headache, raging thirst, feeling sick – without any of the benefits of alcohol the night before.  The diagnosis was dehydration, so much more fluids for her today. Because of the sea state yesterday Carol did not have her long awaited shower – just having a wash was too much like hard work.   So today Carol & Kathy took their 1st shower – bliss.  Mike then decided he would have one too, so the crew are now fully fragrant. Although the sun was shining today conditions were still difficult, with the boat being pitched about again,. read more...


02/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 8 - flying fish and better weather

As I’m typing this the breeze has dropped off from the stronger head windsand squally conditions that we have had for the past few days. This has madelife aboard alot more comfortable, perhaps not as nice as it will be in a fewdays when we start to head downwind but better never the less.   Yesterday afternoon was fairly uneventful, quite warm with splashes comingover the deck which are nice relief to the person helming to cool them down. Wehave at last been joined by the squadrons of flying fish, interesting fish that fly out of the water to avoid predators but seem to lack the ability tomiss a 40ft sailing boat at night. We had our first fish land on the deck lastnight whilst I was below decks checking the weather on the computer, the first Iknew of it was a discussion. read more...


02/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 9 – Brian’s Birthday party-

Position:2.12.13 13:00,25” 26’,300 N;027” 37’,855 WSince we went thru the huge deep we changed our course from south to northwhere we expected to catch some wind fitting our sail clothes. We only canrun 40 percent of the Genoa. We went up north about 120 miles. Then at3:00 am this morning we changed to more or less to the direct course toSt. Lucia. We run 7 t0 8 miles at 50 degree apparent and wind speed of 18knots. The main is reefed as well 50 percent. It is hard to hold ourcourse as there is also a strong current with about 2 knots going 135degree SE. The spinnaker we store on deck was latched down again in orderto survive a bit longer than our two Genaker.We have no place to dry our clothes, everything is wet, even the bedclothes. It seems not to be a problem to the crew as the sun. read more...


Azzurra - Day 9 – Brian’s Birthday party-
Azzurra - Day 9 – Brian’s Birthday party-
02/12/2013

Annabella - Log 7 - 2nd December

Position: 17 56.15N 28 56.48WDistance travelled since Log 6: 132NMJust noticed that Log 6 didn't send yesterday. Had a few issues with the Satphone so perhaps that's the reason. The upside is that you now have two blogs to read ha! ha!.Forgot to mention in L6 that we saw "the dark side of the moon" the night before last. It's illuminated by earth light when the alignment of earth and moon is conducive. Obviously a clear sky helps.Stephen saw a porpoise yesterday and what appeared to be another type of wader tried to land on our mast, unsuccessfully. Another pod of porpoises has just appeared.Winds moved from SW to NW which, after a bit of tacking, allowed us to sail directly for St Lucia close hauled. We made reasonable speeds (avg 6ish) during the night in wind 7 to 10 knots. Wind. read more...


02/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+8 Après la pluie...

Bonjour2 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC23°21,4 N31°22,4 W129 milles en 24hAprès la pluie...Cette fois, ça y est, nous en sommes certains, la renverse a eu lieu. Etaprès avoir passé 72 heures à l'annoncé dans 20 heures, on ne l'apprécieque plus. La mer s'est calmé et le voiles sont ressortis, le speedo n'a pasattendu plus pour se réveiller.Nous avons filé au travers tout le début de la nuit à 8 nœuds, c'estrenversant!Enfin nous pouvons apprécier avec douceur les magnifiques nuits étoilés del'atlantique, et prendre la mesure de notre isolement. C'est vrai quependant le coup de vent, l'espace tendait à se refermer. Cloisonnés àl'intérieur de notre barque avec la pluie pour seul compagnon, le tempsprenait des allures d'épreuves de patience.Maintenant l'humidité cesse de ruisseler sur les. read more...


02/12/2013

Golondrina - A milestone reached

This morning, as a the sun rises behind Golondrina, it is a fair indication that the boys are, at last, now travelling west. Two milestones have been passed -  firstly, the crew have notched up 1000 miles of constant sailing and secondly, the distance remaining is below 2000 miles! At 0800 UTC the distance to go is 1949 miles. read more...


02/12/2013

Aspen - Log 8 Monday 2 Dec; Refueling at Sea

Today we did a very difficult task - refueling at sea from our jerry cans.The winds were down and the rolling wasn't as bad as it has been so today was the day!We had quite a few comments from people in Las Palmas about the sheer number of jerry cans we have on Aspen's deck full of diesel.There are 12 cans for a total amount of 60 extra gallons (not including Captain Steve's hidden 10 spare gallons).The procedure was to:1. Unfasten cans from the secure deck,2. Drag each can weighting 40 pounds to the stern of Aspen,3. Have Admiral Maria hold the spigot of each can as the Captain lifts the 40 pound can and pours the contents into the itty bitty tiny hole for the fuel tank,4. Watch Admiral Maria take several light diesel showers with each can poured, and5. Admiral Maria watches Captain. read more...


02/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #: Shhhhhh.......

No, we are not hunting wabbits here on the Atlantic.We are listening for wind!Now it may seem ironic to you that we worked all during the first week of this voyage to get down here to the trade winds, only to have them die on us. Luckily we sailors are a hardy lot.And flexible too: books, crosswords, and iPads have come out on Edelweiss (except for the Captain, who cannot help but tinker with the sails).Taking advantage of the calm, we've used up the last of the fast-ripening bananas in banana bread, baked off all the chicken that was left in the freezer, and there are rumors of chocolate chip cookies even today.So don't worry that we aren't eating well!And, as if she is listening, as I type this, Edelweiss has taken off!So off to coax her on....xo Edelweiss. read more...


02/12/2013

Hera - Öl bis zum Horizont

Die Kapverden verabschiedeten sich beim Auslaufen aus Mindelo beiSonnenuntergang mit einer spektakulären Kulisse. Während die Maschine bei einerangenehmen Drehzahl kultiviert die Abendstille untermalte, verschwanden dieLichter Sao Vincentes und Santo Antaos allmählich achteraus und ein grandioserNachthimmel breitete sich über uns aus. Zuerst tauchte an der Backbordseite derOrion auf und etwas später erhob sich achtern Ursa Major mit der Deichsel nachunten aus der See, während an Steuerbord Cassiopeia auf uns herab blickte unduns die Venus voraus den Kurs wies. Je weiter wir dem Äquator kommen, desto mehrSternschnuppen ziehen über uns ihre Bahnen. Heute müssen wir mit dem absoluten Horror für jeden Segler leben. In alleRichtungen ertreckt sich bis zum Horizont eine ölige See. Der Wind ist. read more...


02/12/2013

Shelduck - Mon 2 Dec Cape Verde

 Mon 2 Dec Location at 11:30 is 16:53.493N 25:01.530W Mindelo Marina, CapeVerde   We’ve made a lightening stop for fuel and water.  The wind has beenincredibly variable in the last few days from Gale Force 7 gusting Force 8 tonothing at all.  Others experienced Force 9 so we were lucky. Somewonderful waves and incredible skies. Saw a pod of Pilot Whales right up at ourstern in the huge swell!   We’ve had to motor a lot so needed to refuel.  Prospects for wind areconsistently ‘trade like’ but lower speeds than average, so it may take us 18days to cross from here, arriving around 20th Dec.  Brendan and Gabby dueto fly back on the evening of 21st so hope we make it in time!. read more...


02/12/2013

Webster - Log 11 - Arrival Mindelo, Verdes

Sunday 1st December: It Exists!!! That orange yellowey thing in the sky that we had been expecting from day one was here. As day broke this morning the skies had cleared and not a cloud to be seen let alone any rain, thankfully. A perfect breeze ENE 20 knots greeted us and we were creaming across on a beam reach - Ken managed to achieve 10.4 knts before he screwed up into the wind - time for a reef methinks! The smile on his face said it all......... a perfect sailing day. Sw hundreds of flying fish around, one of which committed suicide on deck but it was far too small to eat.Everything on board is either wet or damp due to condensation or rain, other than our spirits which remain remarkably robust despite the fact that we are about to make an unscheduled stop in Mindelo, Sao Vincent on. read more...



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